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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bethesda and Mojang heading to court over "Scrolls"

Yeah, up until now, we always had the benefit of doubt.
Bethesda's lawyers have threatened Mojang, who are responsible for the successful Minecraft sandbox game, with legal charges for ages, ever since Mojang registered the name "Scrolls" for their new trading card/boardgame like game.

Bethesda, who are the minds behind titles like the "Fallout"-franchise, critically butchered "Brink" and in the first place the "The Elder Scrolls" series, feel like using the name "Scrolls" would infringe their rights on "The Elder Scrolls", which has its next game "Skyrim" upcoming this year.

Of course we would confuse an indie trading card game with a multimillion dollar "open world" RPG that's being advertised everywhere and sold for ridiculous prices, with the promise of day-1 DLC!
Is Bethesda feeling that insecure to sue a successful indie development team over a name?

And let's bring this case into context with other games!
If you can't use "Scrolls" because its a part of "The Elder Scrolls", then let's sue Bethesda for using "RAGE" as a title for one of their own games. Let's look at the "Streets of Rage" series back on the Sega systems, or, surprisingly, TWO actual card games of the same title!

This, I say, is reason enough for myself to not pay a single cent for upcoming Bethesda titles. Skyrim? Nah, don't want that anyway. Rage? Nope.

I really hope Bethesda will fail so hard, it will hurt them badly. This is a shining example of why our current trademark and copyright system needs to be heavily reworked. It's just ridiculous that way.

Scrolls is Mojang's next game and offers a new and unique game play where you fight to outmaneuver your opponent on the battlefield using the destructive powers in your collection of magical scrolls. Tear your opponent limb from limb with the might of your summoned armies, lay waste to the defenses with the obliterating power of your siege weapons or open up the very skies and let bolts of lightning shower his minions until only ash remains. The road to victory is yours to choose. Obtain the powerful scrolls and decide which ones you will take to battle as you fight to become the mightiest Magician of all.

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